During the "Age of Ascension" ceremony, a Klingon walks down a straight path. This path is flanked by eight Klingon, standing four on each side. Each of these Klingons wields a painstick. It is driven into the advancing Klingon on both sides of his body, much like a sword. When it touches the skin, it gives off a reddish glow. The victim instantly feels intense pain. The goal of the ceremony is to get through all eight Klingons without losing consciousness or dying. If this is accomplished, the ceremony is over and the Klingon has earned his right and honor as a warrior.